April 24, 2020

Letter from the Director

Letter from the Director

To Our Community Members:

Over the past six weeks, we have received many questions from our members and volunteers about what’s happening at 50 North, when can we return to some state of normalcy, and how to stay connected. 

We want you to know first and foremost that the health and safety of 50 North’s members, volunteers, staff, and the community is our top priority!  

What’s happening at 50 North? 50 North remains closed under Governor Mike DeWine’s order, and it is likely we will be one of the last to reopen our facilities due to the vulnerability of the people we serve. We do not know the precise answers to all questions about re-opening but we will follow the directives and advice of the State of Ohio and Hancock County about all aspects of our “return to business” protocol, but especially the timing and phasing in of our services.

The 50 North staff have been very busy during the time our building has been closed as we learn how to provide services in ways we have never done before. Since March 12, 50 North has continued to provide the following services:

  • Delivered 1,226 mobile meals with Firehouse Subs donating approximately 250 of those meals;
  • Delivered groceries 56 times;
  • Provided chores services to 86 people;
  • Made personal contacts, including:
    • 1,087 telephone calls by licensed social workers to 721 members;
    • 389 contacts made by activities staff to member participants;
    • 442 contacts by Fitness Center staff to provide encouragement;
    • 357 travelers contacted to cancel or postpone day trips or extended travel;
    • 150 volunteers contacted to make necessary arrangements or just check-in;
  • Provided educational information and encouragement to seniors and their families through 30 Facebook posts and 9 Facebook videos reaching 28,076 people; 7 email blasts to 4,167 people and sent a phone message to 4,152 members.

When can we return to some state of normalcy? Re-opening depends not only on the Governor lifting pertinent statewide orders, but also on certain precautions taken, including: continued physical distancing, wearing masks and gloves, using hand sanitizer or frequent hand-washing, thorough and frequent facility-wide disinfecting, limiting the number of people gathered in one space, and modifying some of our meal service practices.

The good news is that our staff is already working hard to prepare for the time when we can be together again. WE are all navigating uncharted waters.

How to stay connected? 50 North is available to assist older adults in Hancock County who do not have access to food or other chore and outreach services during Ohio’s current Stay-at-Home Order. Older adults or their families are encouraged to call 50 North for assistance at 419-423-8496 and leave a message if a staff member is unable to answer. Our Member Services Specialist will link older adults with the appropriate resources they need. If you have access to the internet you can reach us or access our staff and services at www.50north.org

We want you to know that you are the reason we do what we do. Please let us know how we can support you during this time. In the meantime, stay healthy and be well!

50 North is Hancock County’s most comprehensive service provider to seniors. As a nonprofit, our funding comes from a variety of sources, including the local property taxes, corporate and private donations, and grants. 50 North relies on donations from people like you to support our services to the rapidly growing senior population in Hancock County. Donations can be made directly on the 50 North website at www.50north.org or by mailing a gift to 339 E. Melrose Ave., Findlay, OH 45840.

Carolyn Copus

Executive Director

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